[ prok-sim-i-tee ]
/ prɒkˈsɪm ɪ ti /


nearness in place, time, order, occurrence, or relation.

Nearby words

  1. proximal,
  2. proximate,
  3. proximately,
  4. proximation,
  5. proxime accessit,
  6. proximity fuse,
  7. proximity fuze,
  8. proximity talks,
  9. proximo,
  10. proximo-

Origin of proximity

First recorded in 1475–85, proximity is from the Latin word proximitās nearness, vicinity. See proximal, -ity

Related formsnon·prox·im·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for proximity


/ (prɒkˈsɪmɪtɪ) /


nearness in space or time
nearness or closeness in a series

Word Origin for proximity

C15: from Latin proximitās closeness; see proximate

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Word Origin and History for proximity



late 15c., from Middle French proximité "nearness" (14c.), from Latin proximitatem (nominative proximitas) "nearness, vicinity," from proximus "nearest, next; most direct; adjoining," figuratively "latest, most recent; next, following; most faithful," superlative of prope "near" (see propinquity).

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